May 20, 2013, Baltimore MD – A recipient of tuition support from Central Scholarship, Baltimore’s Leland Shelton, graduated from Morehouse College Sunday with Phi Beta Kappa honors and is about to begin studies at Harvard School of Law. In this video, Leland talks about the impact Central Scholarship had on his educational dreams.
In a commencement address to Morehouse graduates, President Obama cited the difficulties of young black men growing up and singled out the accomplishments of Leland Shelton, whose childhood included separation from his mother at the age of 4 and multiple years in foster care. The President encouraged graduates “to extend a hand to others less privileged” and reflected on his own challenging journey as a young man with an absent father who benefitted from the support of others. Through the generosity of the Stanley and Evelyn Wagner Scholarship Fund, Central Scholarship provided $40,000 to support Leland throughout his four-year program at Morehouse.
“We’re incredibly proud of Leland,” said CS President Jan Wagner, “and all of our board and staff celebrate his achievements. Leland is an amazing young man and represents all that is possible for youth in Baltimore.”
Leland, who was president of his class at City College, served as president of the NAACP Chapter on campus, and was active as a National Advocate for Children through the National Foster Care Center.
Since 1924, Central Scholarship has provided financial aid to low-income Maryland students who may receive up to $10,000 a year for undergraduate and professional degrees as well as career training programs. In recent years, CS has committed over $1 million annually.
For more information about Central Scholarship support of low-income students, and its role in Leland’s journey from Baltimore to Harvard, contact Jan Wagner, CS President, at [email protected] at 410-415-5558.
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